Length of module

Online module equivalent to five days

Academic credits

15 credits at level 6 or 7

Course summary

Scientific development has led to a need for a change in clinical trial design. Researchers can now explore particular disease areas to sub-classify the patient group by molecular characteristics, and therefore to streamline drug development. Researchers can now aim to identify the right treatment for the right patient, which is what personalised medicine is all about.

This can lead to difficulties in recruiting sufficient research participants. If the study design incorporates overly-specific inclusion or exclusion criteria, then recruitment can be difficult. In this online module, students will critically explore the complexities of trial design and the regulatory processes that govern clinical research in the UK and Europe.

It will provide students with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the clinical research process including protocol development, recruitment and randomisation, and closing clinical trials and disseminating results. Ethical issues surrounding the principles of informed consent and of undertaking research in vulnerable populations are also explored.

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